Thursday, January 17, 2019

Malia's Quick Redress

18-inch doll fashion by Adora in an Internet-captured image

I purchased the above fashion in June 2018 from Zulily.com for $9.99 (now sold out) with plans to redress Brains and Beauty Malia (one of the cutest, if not the cutest, 18-inch dolls I own).  I just got around to doing the redress yesterday.

This is the actual outfit.
The three-piece fashion includes a tan headband that has an off-white nylon flower; a tan sweater with button placket in front and Velcro closure in back; and red, tan, and blue check cuffed shorts.

Malia wears the headband around the crown of her head with the flower positioned on the side as shown here.

Worn with her original faux suede boots, the fashion fits her perfectly.

Malia loves her new clothes and wondered why I waited so long to redress her. 

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While visiting Zulily's website yesterday to refresh my memory on the date I ordered the Adora fashion, I stumbled upon New York Collection Haley.  She jumped into my cart before I could leave the site.  A review will follow after Haley arrives.


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Monday, January 14, 2019

Ruby's Repair

Ruby Bridges by Karen Oyekanmi

My Ruby Bridges tribute doll, first seen here, had a mishap.  The day after she arrived, when positioning her for display, I noticed her left arm was not in the arm socket; it was hanging inside the sleeve of her dress.  The cement used to hold the arm hook that was attached to the inner string had weakened.  I consulted the artist who offered to repair Ruby for me, but that would have involved mailing the doll to her.   I knew between my husband and me, we should be able to repair her.

In the past, we had used QuikSteel to repair two other porcelain dolls.  So, I knew it should be a simple task of repairing Ruby's arm.  My only problem was that I am inexperienced at stringing.

Ruby's stringing was pulled outside her body and held in that position with a rod fashioned from a jumbo paperclip.

After Ruby was undressed down to her undies, socks, and shoes, using a pair of hemostats my husband was able to pull the existing stringing out of the body through the body armhole.  I quickly created a rod by opening up a jumbo paperclip which was slid underneath the knot in the stringing to hold the string outside the body until the rest of the repair was completed.  Minus the hemostat pulling, that process is illustrated in the photo immediately above.

I went to a local auto supply shop and purchased what I thought was the correct QuikSteel formulation.  Unfortunately, it was a liquid form and not the epoxy putty that I needed.  We went to Walmart to try to find it, but they were sold out.  So I ordered it from Amazon.

I decided I would do this repair from this point on by myself.  After getting the necessary reassurance from the artist that my plan would work and after making one modification at her suggestion, the repair began.

What Was Done

The hook has been set in QuikSteel as described in the next paragraph.

Inside the hole in the arm, I stuffed a few strips of newspaper to fill up some of the space in the cavity.  I inserted and centered the closed end of the hook and packed the QuikSteel putty firmly around the hook, making sure to keep the hook in the center of the armhole.  QuikSteel cures quickly but was allowed to dry fully for 24 hours.

Photo taken from a different angle illustrates the hook, which is set in place using QuikSteel epoxy putty.

The next day, the hook was firmly set inside the QuikSteel as shown above.


The hook was next attached to the stringing.

The open end or exposed end of the hook was attached to the knot of the string at the armhole as illustrated above and from one additional angle next.

Different angle of the hook attached to the stringing

Using the paperclip rod to lift the stringing away from the body, the long ends of the stringing were stuffed back inside the body.

A perfect repair
Next, the paperclip rod was removed and the arm positioned itself into the armhole perfectly as shown above.

She's all better now.
After the repair, Ruby was redressed.  The hang tag that bears a headshot of young Ruby Bridges was placed back on the left wrist.  She recovered nicely.

I shared the process and completed photos with the artist who wrote:
YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB
Thank you for the pictures, she looks so happy!
Very sorry you had to go through that...... but you do have the gift👌

I smiled.  I think Ruby did, too.  
:-) 

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Bea's After Christmas Fashion

For Christmas, Bea (Barbie Fashionista #82) was dressed in this blue and white Mikelman Christmas gown.
It took me 11 days after Christmas to take the holiday decorations down and store them.  I had been under the weather the week after Christmas, which is when I normally take the decorations down. After everything was stored and all dolls that had been dressed for Christmas undressed or redressed, I decided I would try the reproduction of Barbie Matinee Fashion #1640 on Bea that I received for Christmas.

In my previous post about gifts given and received, where the fashion was first shown, I indicated the red closed-toe shoes were missing.  I have now modified that post because after I removed the fashion from the card, I was pleased to find the shoes tucked underneath the dress.  In the next several photos, Bea models this fashion, which appears as though it was made for her.

 Sheath, Shoes, and Hat
The sheath and shoes were tried on first.  The dress fits her to a T.  The shoes fit as well.  I added clear bands around, over, and under the heels, soles, and arches to ensure she does not lose the shoes.

The hat with the attached scarf was added.

Close-up photo wearing the hat
Bea removed the wig and posed from the back to illustrate the zipper closure of the dress.

Without the wig, Bea models the dress from the front once again.
Worn with Jacket
Still not wearing her wig, Bea added the faux leopard-fur-trimmed jacket which has two snaps underneath two sewn-on outer buttons.

With wig back on, Bea poses again with the jacket worn over the sheath.

Another close-up photo

In this final photo, Bea looks very sophisticated in the complete reproduction of the 1965 Barbie Matinee #1640 ensemble.
Did you know this fashion is sold in adult sizes?  Based on two reviews at the Unique Vintage website, this fashion was given 5 stars with one reviewer indicating she needed to order a size larger than she usually wears; so they might run small.  This website has other Barbie fashion replicas for adults.




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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Aria and Froggy Fresh Dolls

Fresh Dolls Aria Deluxe Set and Froggy Fresh Deluxe Set

Aria and Froggy Fresh arrived in late December.  I had preordered Aria in March of 2018 before the dolls were produced.  Froggy Fresh was ordered in December and arrived within a week of that order.  Both remain in their boxes for now, but I hope you will enjoy the photos I took.

Aria
Aria wears a two-piece pants set, the midriff top of which has off-shoulder sleeves.

Aria's violet lip color matches both fashions.  She wears circular Fresh logo'd silvertone earrings and white wedge heels.  Her short curly hair is dark brown.  Her eyes are hazel.

Aria carries a white clutch.

Aria's second outfit, as described on the Fresh Dolls website includes, "a sparkling, purple cropped sweater; a duo-chrome lavender/lilac, high-waist skirt; and a white Fresh Satchel Bag and matching white heel set."

Aria and Wave 1 Lynette pose for a complexion comparison.

Complexion-wise, Aria and Lynette from Wave 1 share the same complexion.  In other doll lines, Aria's complexion would be comparable to S.I.S. Chandra (from "The Love to Shop Chandra and Trichelle two-pack) and Barbie Fashionista Fancy Flowers as illustrated here in a comparison with Wave 1 Lynette.

Froggy Fresh 


The Froggy Fresh Doll is fashioned after the "My Froggy Fresh Stuff" vlogger.  She has multiple microbraids, wears a My Froggy Stuff-logo'd white T-shirt, denim pants, and gold-tone circular Fresh earrings.

Froggy Fresh holds her black square-rimmed glasses in her left hand.  She has an extra fashion of metallic lime jacket and denim shorts.

In addition to her extra fashion, she has a laptop and a cell phone.

Froggy Fresh wears bright pink high-top sneakers.
Complexion-wise, when compared to the other Fresh Dolls, Froggy's skin tone is unique.  None of the other girls in the line share her complexion.  


Barbie Look Nighttime Glamour and Fresh Mia were used for complexion comparisons with Froggy.  Froggy's body is slightly darker than theirs as illustrated above and in the next close-up photo.

Use their arms as a guide to note that Froggy's complexion is slightly darker than Barbie's and Mia's.

Next, view the unboxing of the My Froggy Fresh Doll by none other than the woman behind the My Froggy Stuff brand.





Like all other dolls in this line, Aria and Froggy have multiple points of articulation.  

The back of the box, shown below, is the same for all Fresh Dolls in Wave 2.

Most of the dolls shown on the back of the box are from Wave 2.  They are Daniel, Aria, Malik,  Tamra (Wave 1), Froggy Fresh, Anthony, Mia, Lynette, Jacqueline from Wave 1 in "Red Carpet Royalty" fashion,  Victoria in "Ring My Bell" Sleeve Cocktail Dress, Aleyna, and Indigo in "Lovely Lavender" jumpsuit.


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Monday, January 7, 2019

Blessings from Beautiful Blessings Dolls

Polka dot and Camo Dress are fashions designed exclusively for Beautiful Blessings dolls.

The lovely Raveen James, founder of Beautiful Blessings dolls blessed me with the two Beautiful Blessings fashions shown above, Pink Polka dot and Camo Dress.  I could hardly wait to redress Beautiful Blessings Deborah in these and allow her to model the fashions.

The fashions are attached to a Beautiful Blessings logo'd card stock liner encased in a plastic blister.  The back of the liner is headed with the words, "I am a Beautiful Blessing" followed by the motto:

We believe
"The Average Girl IS Beautiful!"
and every girl should look
in the mirror and say,
"I am a Beautiful Blessing."
Pink Polka dot

Pink Polka dot includes a two-piece fashion of peplum top with Velcro closure in back and shorts that slip on and off with ease.  A lacy pink purse and white pumps with pink platform soles are the accessories.

Deborah looks lovely in the Pink Polka dot ensemble.  I added pink stud earrings (which are actually pink quilting pins.)

The lacy purse is accented with faux pearls on the front and the back.

She wears her white pumps with pink platform soles well.

Deborah strikes a profile pose...

...and finally she poses from the back.


Camo Dress

This fashion includes a sleeveless top and full-length mermaid skirt that has pleats and an off-center split.  A pair of green pumps with black platform soles complete the look.

Deborah models the Camo Dress and shows off one of her shapely legs through the split in the skirt.  I added green "stud" earrings.

Deborah flaunts her curves in this profile picture.

The curve-flaunting continues in this photo taken from the back.

The Camo Dress is worn with green platform pumps.


Both fashions are made of polyester knit.  To avoid snagging the fabric, I exercised great care when snipping away the plastic fasteners that held the fashions to their blister liner.  Once the ends of the fasteners were snipped off, I snipped the remainder as close to the fabric as possible so that only a small amount of the fasteners were left to remove.

As previously noted, these fashions are made exclusively for Beautiful Blessings Dolls.  The dolls are 12-1/2 inches tall and their measurements are fuller than other playscale dolls in my collection.  Therefore, I did not try either of these on other dolls.  To see body comparisons between Beautiful Blessings Deborah, Curvy Barbie, Prettie Girls Lena, and Big Beautiful Doll Dasia, go here.

 The dolls and these limited edition fashions can be purchased here.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Holiday Barbie I Had to Have

2018 Holiday Barbie

I had seen this pink box Holiday Barbie a couple of times on Facebook in late November/early December 2018 but didn't feel the need to buy her then.  The week before Christmas, I saw her photo again and decided I needed her.

2018 Holiday Barbie poses with Barbie The Look Nighttime Glamour and Glam Boho.

She has the same head sculpt as Barbie The Look Nighttime Glamour and Glam Boho but her complexion is deeper.  It was the complexion that captivated me.  I searched until I found her on a site I'd never heard of before, Deep Discount dot com.  She was a couple of dollars more than retail but shipping was only $1.99.

Holiday Barbie arrived swiftly.  She has dark brown mid-back-length hair with auburn highlights and a side part.  She has heavily shaded, thick eyebrows and gray eyes.  She wears gold plastic earrings that match her gold poinsettia-print dress.  She holds a red clutch that matches her red high-heel shoes.

Holiday Barbie was removed from the box still attached to the box liner to take the second photo above and the next one where she poses in a close-up with her sisters. 



With plans to use her for a decorating idea for Christmas 2019, I will keep her in the box until then.

If interested in purchasing, here is a link to her buy page.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!


Happy new year to you and your family!  Wishing you nothing but the best!

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